Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden is being given an official pass to leave Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, Russian reports say.
Russia’s Federal Migration Service is said to have issued a document, which he is due to receive shortly.
Edward Snowden, 30, has been staying in transit since arriving from Hong Kong on June 23.
Wanted by the US authorities for leaking details of government surveillance programmes, Edward Snowden recently requested temporary asylum in Russia.
He could leave the airport’s “sterile zone” in the next few hours, a source close to events told Russia’s Interfax news agency.
Edward Snowden will be provided with new clothing, the source added.
The source added that the document would be handed to Edward Snowden by a lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena.